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Rwandese Back to Normal Business after the Genocide Commemoration Week Came to an End

After the whole world joined hands with the Rwandan society to remember the victims of 1994 Rwanda Genocide that took the lives of about a million Rwandese majorly the Tutsis and moderate Hutu, was ended yesterday and now everything comes back to normal.

Mourners at Rebero Genocide Memorial Centre in Kicukiro, flow tears as they read the names of the relatives killed during the 1994 Genocide .

Rwanda government officials on Wednesday paid tribute to 13 politicians killed during the 1994 genocide.

The slain politicians are honored at the last day of the official week of mourning, which started Thursday.

Rwandans and friends gathered at Rebero memorial site in Kicukiro district yesterday where many politicians were massacred during the genocide just because they were against the bad acts and genocide leadership itself.

A list of the names of those who perished during the 100 days of Genocide.

Prominent among the victims includes Joseph Kavaruganda former President of the Constitutional Court.

According to Roméo Dallaire who was the UNAMIR; Peacekeeping force; commander, on February 17, 1994, he received information of a plot to assassinate Kavaruganda and Landoald ‘Lando’ Ndasingwa former leader of Parti libéral du Rwanda.

Mourners walked silently reading through the countless lists of names of 14,000 victims inscribed on the monument raised at the memorial.

Ndasingwa had been granted the portfolio of Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in the Habyarimana transitional government put in place after the Arusha Accords.

Dallaire, in his book “Shake Hands with the Devil” said that he informed the two men of the assassination plot, and neither of them was surprised.

On April 7, members of the government’s Presidential Guard arrived at Kavaruganda’s house, claiming they were taking him to safety.

He was killed later that day. On the same day, Ndasingwa and his wife were abducted from their house along with their two children by the government’s Presidential Guard, despite being under UNAMIR protection.

All were subsequently killed. The former Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, buried at the National Heroes Cemetery was also honored on the mark of ending the commemoration week yesterday.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Fighting Genocide Ideology.” Official mourning period continues until July 4, 2016, a day when the country was fully liberated.

Also, the Commemoration events in the next hundred days of mourning will be surrounded by; laying wrath on graves of victims, marching in a “Walk To Remember” and holding several discussions on prevention of genocide.

By Robert Muriisa.

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